A fiery temperament and a passion for speed are the signature features of the latest Blancpain sports watch: the Speed Command Chronograph. The exterior of this distinctive chronograph highlights new materials, while its technical functions are driven by a self-winding flyback chronograph movement. And since it hates not to be noticed, this Speed Command Chronograph is clad in black with a choice of yellow or orange accents.
Power, speed and mechanical engineering: the cocktail is generally explosive and the Blancpain Speed Command Chronograph is no exception. This ruggedly virile, dynamic and resolutely contemporary watch is a tribute to speed and mechanical performance, inspired by the thrills of racing on land or at sea amid these fascinating worlds of freedom and excess.
The 45 mm-diameter case made from brushed DLC steel is water-resistant to 300 metres and topped by a bidirectional “countdown” type black sapphire rotating bezel. The chequered effect carbon fibre dial features stylised orange or yellow Arabic numerals inspired by the dashboards of legendary sports cars. For the first time at Blancpain, a sloping inner dial ring bears a tachometric scale that facilitates read-off. In the same spirit, red Superluminova touches are applied to the hour and minute hands and the central chronograph seconds hand, ensuring optimal legibility in all circumstances.
At the heart of this sophisticated performance-dedicated case, the Blancpain Speed Command houses Calibre F185, a 308-part mechanical self-winding chronograph movement with a 40-hour power reserve. Calibre F185 drives the hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock, a window-type date display as well as the chronograph functions: the central chronograph seconds hand, along with 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 3 and 9 o’clock respectively.
Providing an additional feature bound to appeal to instant measurement enthusiasts, Calibre F185 is also distinguished by its “flyback” chronograph function that Blancpain has significantly contributed to popularising over the past two decades. Historically used by pilots, this function enables resetting and instant restarting of the chronograph by a single press on the “start” pusher.
Exclusively designed for the Blancpain Speed Command Chronograph, a new extremely technical oscillating weight in rhodium-plated yellow gold further enriches the overall performance of the movement. This raised five-arm rotor is inspired by racing-car wheel rims.
Asserting its sporting nature all the way through to its smallest components, the Speed Command Chronograph by Blancpain is fitted with a rubber-lined Barenia leather strap secured by a steel pin buckle. This use of several materials for a single element is strongly reminiscent of the world of motor racing and clearly designed to enhance both performance and efficiency.
A powerful timepiece boldly displaying its strong personality, the Speed Command Chronograph by Blancpain is revving up to begin a successful career, following in the tracks of the sports watches that have made their mark on Blancpain’s rich history for over half a century.